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Entertainment Joker director: 'Woke culture' makes comedies too difficult

18:20  02 october  2019
18:20  02 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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' Joker ' director says he stopped making comedies like 'The Hangover' because of 'this woke culture '. " Joker " director Todd Phillips is not a fan of what he calls " woke culture ." Phillips was known for edgy comedies like "The Hangover" trilogy "It's a difficult film," Phoenix told Vanity Fair.

Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix are posing for a picture: Joker director and co-writer Todd Phillips (left) and star Joaquin Phoenix © Getty Joker director and co-writer Todd Phillips (left) and star Joaquin Phoenix Todd Phillips, director of the much-hyped Joker film, has said he moved away from comedies because they are now too difficult to make with today's "woke culture".

Before the Batman villain's origins story, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and is released in the UK this week, Phillips's best known work included films such as Old School, Road Trip, Due Date and The Hangover trilogy.

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In an interview alongside Phoenix for Vanity Fair, Phillips said he chose the story because he had become wary of making what the US magazine described as "irreverent bro humour".

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"Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture," he said. "There were articles written about why comedies don't work anymore - I'll tell you why, because all the f****** funny guys are like, 'f*** this sh*t, because I don't want to offend you'."

Phillips said he did not want to have to argue "with 30 million people on Twitter".

"You just can't do it, right? So you just go, 'I'm out'. I'm out, and you know what? With all my comedies - I think that what comedies in general all have in common - is they're irreverent. So I go, 'how do I do something irreverent, but f*** comedy? Oh I know, let's take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this'."

a man wearing a red shirt smiling and looking at the camera: Phoenix is being tipped for an Oscar for his performance, but the violence in the film is also facing criticism © Other Phoenix is being tipped for an Oscar for his performance, but the violence in the film is also facing criticism

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“ Joker ” director Todd Phillips explained why he broke away from making comedies to do more dramatic films. Director Todd Phillips, left, holds the Golden Lion for Best Film for " Joker ," joined Whatever issues you may have. It’s too easy for us and I felt like, yeah, we should explore this villain.

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There is plenty of Oscar buzz around the film already, with widespread critical acclaim for Joaquin Phoenix's performance and the top prize at Venice Film Festival, but it is also facing accusations of glorifying violence.

Family members of the victims of a 2012 mass shooting inside a US cinema, where the killer reportedly identified as the Joker, signed a letter to producers Warner Bros, expressing concerns about the film.

Warner Bros responded, saying: "Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.

"It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero."

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency, Phillips said he was "not shy" about discussing the scrutiny, but that he wants people to see the film before drawing conclusions.

"It's a little troubling when people write think pieces without having seen it," he said. "And even in their think pieces write, 'I don't need to see it to know what it is'.

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Joker director Todd Phillips has revealed how " woke culture " directly led to his upcoming take on the Clown Prince of Crime. In a profile on star Joaquin Phoenix in Vanity Fair, Phillips revealed how he began to find making comedies difficult due to " woke culture " and that directly led to Joker , which

It's difficult for a comedian to not offend someone when social media gives them a worldwide Todd Phillips, the director of the blockbuster film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro And so that’s really where [ Joker ] came from." Do you think " woke culture " is shifting how Hollywood is

a man talking on a cell phone: Phoenix plays failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the Joker © Other Phoenix plays failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the Joker "I find it astounding, to be quite frank, how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. To that point, I've been disappointed."

Phillips said he hopes the film inspires conversations about violence and about the treatment of people with mental illness.

"Part of the reason we made the movie is a response to the comic book world of movies," he said.

"Like, 'Why is this celebrated? Why is this funny? Why is this fun? What are the real-world implications of violence?'"

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